Portland Coastal Management Plan

The Portland Coastal Management Plan will cover Crown land from the Portland foreshore and Trawler Wharf in the south then north to Henty Bay Beachfront Holiday Park on Dutton Way. Some of the Crown land is under Council’s Committee of Management and some under direct management by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

A Coastal Management Plan provides strategic direction for the future local management of an area of coastal Crown land. Coastal Management Plans may be prepared for a wide range of coastal reserves, some large and complex, others relatively small in area or simple in nature.

Community input and feedback in how they think the land should be managed plays an important role in the development of a Coastal Management Plan and future management of coastal Crown land. Initial consultation was undertaken earlier in May this year as hes informed the development of the Draft Plan.

The second round of consultation closed on Friday 27th October 2017. The Draft plan can be downloaded from the document library to the left.


Purpose

A Coastal Management Plan identifies priorities and provides strategic direction for the sustainable local management of an area of coastal Crown land.

They usually cover a 5 year period and include a 3 year business plan. They aim to proactively engage with the local community and traditional owner groups.

Background

Coastal Management Plans are prepared under the Coastal Management Act 1995 and must be consistent with:

  • The Victorian Coastal Strategy
  • Western Regional Coastal Plan
  • Any Coastal Action Plan applying to the area, and
  • Any relevant coastal recommendation

An approved plan can also be used as an application for consent under the Coastal Management Act 1995. This reduces the number of overall applications required to be prepared.

A Coastal Management Plan is an overarching document that informs the development and/or revision of other supporting plans (e.g. area masterplans such as the Portland Foreshore Masterplan) and documents in the future.

Benefits of the project

An approved Coastal Management Plan is a key tool for setting out the land management requirements for a section of the coast. Coastal Management Plans have many benefits to both the delegated Committee of Management and the local community including:

  • Allowing Committees of Management to determine the appropriate use and development of their local area
  • Encouraging the community to have a say in how they think the land should be managed
  • Improving the land for future generations to enjoy
  • Greater certainty about future projects
  • Help define the roles and responsibilities of the different land managers
  • Support for grant applications
  • Changes in membership of a Committee of Management does not have a major impact on the management of the land
  • Under the Coastal Management Act 1995, all reasonable steps must be taken to implement the plan by all bodies with land management responsibilities
  • Educate the community about the values within the coastal Crown land

Project Impacts

  • This project will identify priorities and provides strategic direction for the management of the coastal Crown land for the next 5 year and beyond.
  • Preliminary consultation on the foreshore area between the Portland Trawler Wharf and Nuns Beach has occurred as part of the Portland Foreshore Master Plan and will be taken into account as part of the public consultation process for the Portland Coastal Management Plan (it does not plan to re-visit this).

The Portland Coastal Management Plan will cover Crown land from the Portland foreshore and Trawler Wharf in the south then north to Henty Bay Beachfront Holiday Park on Dutton Way. Some of the Crown land is under Council’s Committee of Management and some under direct management by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

A Coastal Management Plan provides strategic direction for the future local management of an area of coastal Crown land. Coastal Management Plans may be prepared for a wide range of coastal reserves, some large and complex, others relatively small in area or simple in nature.

Community input and feedback in how they think the land should be managed plays an important role in the development of a Coastal Management Plan and future management of coastal Crown land. Initial consultation was undertaken earlier in May this year as hes informed the development of the Draft Plan.

The second round of consultation closed on Friday 27th October 2017. The Draft plan can be downloaded from the document library to the left.


Purpose

A Coastal Management Plan identifies priorities and provides strategic direction for the sustainable local management of an area of coastal Crown land.

They usually cover a 5 year period and include a 3 year business plan. They aim to proactively engage with the local community and traditional owner groups.

Background

Coastal Management Plans are prepared under the Coastal Management Act 1995 and must be consistent with:

  • The Victorian Coastal Strategy
  • Western Regional Coastal Plan
  • Any Coastal Action Plan applying to the area, and
  • Any relevant coastal recommendation

An approved plan can also be used as an application for consent under the Coastal Management Act 1995. This reduces the number of overall applications required to be prepared.

A Coastal Management Plan is an overarching document that informs the development and/or revision of other supporting plans (e.g. area masterplans such as the Portland Foreshore Masterplan) and documents in the future.

Benefits of the project

An approved Coastal Management Plan is a key tool for setting out the land management requirements for a section of the coast. Coastal Management Plans have many benefits to both the delegated Committee of Management and the local community including:

  • Allowing Committees of Management to determine the appropriate use and development of their local area
  • Encouraging the community to have a say in how they think the land should be managed
  • Improving the land for future generations to enjoy
  • Greater certainty about future projects
  • Help define the roles and responsibilities of the different land managers
  • Support for grant applications
  • Changes in membership of a Committee of Management does not have a major impact on the management of the land
  • Under the Coastal Management Act 1995, all reasonable steps must be taken to implement the plan by all bodies with land management responsibilities
  • Educate the community about the values within the coastal Crown land

Project Impacts

  • This project will identify priorities and provides strategic direction for the management of the coastal Crown land for the next 5 year and beyond.
  • Preliminary consultation on the foreshore area between the Portland Trawler Wharf and Nuns Beach has occurred as part of the Portland Foreshore Master Plan and will be taken into account as part of the public consultation process for the Portland Coastal Management Plan (it does not plan to re-visit this).
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    Draft Portland Coastal Management Plan - feedback form

    You can provide your feedback and comments on the Draft Portland Coastal Management Plan through this feedback form. Your feedback and comments are invaluable to us as they help us to help determine if we are on the right track with the document or if changes need to be made.

    You can provide your feedback and comments on the Draft Portland Coastal Management Plan through this feedback form. Your feedback and comments are invaluable to us as they help us to help determine if we are on the right track with the document or if changes need to be made.

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